Liverpool have stolen ahead of Arsenal in the pursuit of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.
According to ESPN, the Merseyside club have offered £12m and French striker David Ngog in part exchange in order to bring Cahill to Anfield.
With Jamie Carragher in the twilight of his career, it is only natural that Kenny Dalglish is looking for his successor, but it may come as somewhat of a surprise that he is not looking to promote from within.
While Martin Kelly cut his teeth for Liverpool last season at right back, it is widely believed that he will ultimately ply his trade in the centre of the defence – and of course Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger offer more experienced options when fit.
Gary Cahill is a proven centre half at Premier League and international level. He would be a risk free signing even at such a price, while there has been a feeling within the Liverpool hierarchy that David Ngog would not make the grade as a 20 goal per season man at a top club.
As for Arsenal, ESPN also claim that Liverpool were never interested in Scott Dann, meaning Wenger has a free run at the Birmingham City man, who would likely be a cheaper option than Cahill.